Heart Health Awareness Month: Crisis Survivor Shares Ideas To Help Others Improve Their Heart Health

After surviving a life-threatening heart health crisis, businesswoman Ann Parker is sharing her experiences to help others improve their heart health. During National Heart Month, this February, Ann has set out to raise awareness about heart diseases and encourage more people to look after their hearts. 

Today in Britain approximately 500 people will have a heart attack and 600 people will have a stroke.  

Heart health is still the no. 1 killer in this country and there are about 7m people living with the heart-related disease.  

Ann, owner of The Synergy Health Company set up her business after a life-threatening health crisis; her blood pressure was found to be dangerously high, and she was told by her doctor, “there’s nothing else we can do, cross your fingers and hope you don’t suffer a major stroke or heart attack”. She says:

“A number of years ago I was in that 30% of adults in the UK who have high blood pressure don’t even know it. But after a visit to the doctors, I was told that I had dangerously high blood pressure and even when I was put on maximum medication it was still off the scale.  

Then I discovered nitric oxide* – known as the miracle molecule and began taking Synergy’s Pro-Argi 9+ ( the only L-Arginine supplement U.S. doctors are permitted to prescribe to patients) and I honestly believe it saved my life – literally.  My blood pressure is now normal, and I no longer take medication.”

Ann continues “Initially I wanted to set up my own company directly distributing this range of world-class nutritional supplements and skincare to the public, but then I made a further, lifelong commitment. I decided, to dedicate my time, to impact even more people to reach their health and fitness goals, using my own personal business experience and my love of training.  

Now, Ann shares her experience through writing articles and blogs and giving talks about how to have a healthy heart. 

During National Heart Month, Ann is urging everyone to look after their heart health by sharing some simple, easy ideas:

Measure your blood pressure – your doctor or local pharmacist will do this for you or you can buy a home monitor cheaply from most chemists.  Healthy blood pressure should be around 120/80.  Both figures matter but the top one (systolic) is the most important and is an indicator of the risk of heart disease.  If blood pressure goes over 140/90 you should consult your doctor.

Know your cholesterol readings – again your doctor will do this for you with a blood test. You need to know your LDL (bad) and HDL (good) readings.  Cholesterol is vital and contributes to membrane structure. LDL and HDL carry cholesterol in the blood and are the most important lipoproteins in relation to heart disease.  High levels of LDL leads to a build-up of plaque in your arteries.

Take some exercise – Even moderate exercise can have a huge impact on your health.  You don’t need to be running marathons or take out expensive gym memberships.  Brisk walking is great.  If you are up to running why not start with running for a minute and walking for a minute you will be amazed how soon you build this up.

Eat a healthy diet – Research now shows that in most people dietary cholesterol has little to do with blood cholesterol.  High cholesterol in the blood is mainly associated with hereditary factors and stress. As much as you can, try to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible avoiding anything over processed. If you cook your own food, avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates (eg. white bread and pasta), eat quality proteins (wild fish, grass fed meat, free range chicken, pulses) and plenty of vegetables (especially the leafy green ones), and healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, and seeds) you won’t go far wrong. 

Written By; Ann Parker

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